Blair's Widow

In 1933, the intrepid Dr. Allan Blair became one of the first to experiment with the bite of the black widow spider. His test subject was himself. His scientific triumph nearly killed him. Here, courtesy of Dr. Blair's daughter Pat Krause, is a photo of the very spider that bit him.

I wrote about Blair and his experiment in The Red Hourglass. Here's an excerpt.


  1. Thank you for posting this photo! I've been very eager to see it since reading about Dr. Blair's encounter in "The Red Hourglass".

  2. You're welcome, Carole! Thanks for reading.


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